Tyler Jones, QB-Texas State vs New Mexico State
Only once in Texas State’s last four games has Jones accounted for more than one touchdown, a trend which could change this week when the Bobcats host New Mexico State, who’s defense is allowing 287.8 yards per game on the ground, 3rd-worst in the FBS, and 48.9 points per game, which is last in the FBS.
Leonard Fournette, RB-LSU at Alabama
Earlier this year, when we recommended starting Alex Collins against Alabama we got burned. We are going back to the well in Week 10 with LSU’s Leonard Fournette. The Heisman candidate has carried your team this far, so we’re going to ride him out against the nation’s third-best run defense.
Derrick Henry, RB-Alabama v LSU
The Tigers have the sixth-best run defense in the FBS, allowing fewer than 100 yards per game, but we’re expecting a heavy dose of Derrick Henry and Leonard Fournette as long as the game is tight, which could mean 25-plus carries for the junior back.
Algernon Brown, RB-BYU at San Jose State
Brown has scored at least two touchdowns in three consecutive games, a trend that could continue through Week 10 when the Cougars travel to San Jose State and face a Spartans defense giving up over 225 yards per game on the ground.
Devante Mays, RB-Utah State at New Mexico
The junior back has scored a touchdown in four consecutive games and has seen his workload increase during that time. On Saturday, the Aggies travel to New Mexico and face a Lobos defense giving up over 200 yards per game on the ground (209.4)
Markell Jones, RB-Purdue vs Illinois
Fellow running back DJ Knox is doubtful to play on Saturday with an ankle injury, which means that Jones could once again shoulder the load in the Boilermakers’ backfield. Last week against Nebraska, Jones carried the ball 23 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 51 yards on five receptions in the passing game.
Matt VandeBerg, WR-Iowa at Indiana
VandeBerg has accounted for at least six receptions in five of the Hawkeyes’ first eight games this year. In Week 10, Iowa travels to Indiana and faces the worst passing defense in the FBS. The Hoosiers are allowing 342 yards per game in the air and have given up 21 passing touchdowns.
Travis Wilson, QB-Utah at Washington
The Huskies’ defense is allowing fewer than 17 points per game, which is tops in the PAC-12, so don’t expect the scoreboard to light up Saturday night when the Utes travel to Washington.
Cody Kessler, QB-USC vs Arizona
Kessler has only thrown three touchdown passes in the Trojans previous four games and the loss of JuJu Smith-Schuster should force the Trojans to lean heavily on their improved rushing attack, led by Ronald Jones, Tre Madden, and Justin Davis, when they host Arizona Saturday night.
Cardale Jones, QB-Ohio State vs Minnesota
Jones has not accounted for more than two touchdowns in a game since the Buckeyes’ season-opener at Virginia Tech. The junior quarterback has been erratic and there is a reason why he lost the starting job to JT Barrett, who happens to be suspended this week. Expect Ohio State to lean heavily on Ezekiel Elliot and don’t be surprised to see a little Braxton Miller sprinkled into the play calling Saturday night when the Buckeyes host Minnesota.
Jordan Howard, RB-Indiana vs Iowa
There are a few factors working against Howard this Saturday even though the Hoosiers play at home against the undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa boasts the sixth-best scoring defense (15.3 ppg), the fifth-best run defense (85.8 rypg), and leads the nation in rushing TDs allowed (1).
Leonte Carroo, WR-Rutgers at Michigan
Carroo is undoubtedly the most talented player on the Rutgers roster, but questions surrounding his health and a road game at Michigan have us concerned. If Carroo plays, he’ll likely be limited against one of the best defenses in the nation.